‘Dynasty’, ‘Charmed’ Among Many Cuts From The CW

Bloodbath at The CW. The CW killing spree continues. The internet offers a variety of colorful descriptions.

However you choose to describe it, The CW continues to cancel TV shows.

With a possible sale to station group Nexstar up in the air, The CW announced Thursday it has canceled Charmed (done after four seasons), Dynasty (five seasons), Roswell New Mexico (four) and first-year shows The 4400 and Naomi.

The CW will also not renew In the Dark beyond its upcoming fourth season.

The news follows the cancellations of Batwoman (canceled after three seasons) and Legends of Tomorrow (seven) last month.

All seven of The CW’s core shows are slated for renewal – All American, The Flash, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Superman & Lois and Walker were renewed in March, and All American: Homecoming was renewed Thursday.

This is The CW’s biggest round of cancellations in years. The network had worked for some time to stabilize and grow its roster to the point where original series were being released year-round. But that changed this year with corporate backers CBS Studios and Warner Bros. looking to divest the network from their respective portfolios.

With Warner and CBS Studios now divesting in The CW, a new corporate parent will likely open the doors to other third-party buyers while possibly offering some sort of guarantee to both studios for a certain volume of shows for a predetermined time frame. At the same time, The CW will now have room on the schedule for possible new series and other low-cost unscripted programming as its corporate parents look to reduce expenses for a new potential owner.

The CW has three pilots in the works – DC Comics drama Gotham Knights; Walker: Independence, a prequel of the reboot starring Jared Padalecki; and Supernatural prequel The Winchesters. All have ties to The CW’s longest-running drama, Supernatural. All are expected to get picked up to series.

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